The Adventure-Equation blog, which focuses on the work of celebrated jazz composer (and much more besides) Sun Ra, has uploaded a 14-hour retrospective of his work – “unheard nuggets” and all.
Born in Alabama, Sun Ra – born Herman Poole Blount, though he publicly shunned his birth name – made perhaps his most pronounced impression on modern musicians from the electronic and hip-hop world, who found inspiration in his synthesiser experiments and his cosmic persona. It’s no surprise that he’s regularly name-checked by Madlib, for instance.
Adventure-Equation explains the story behind the upload thus:
“After receiving a few requests from interested readers to re-up portions of this series, I decided that featuring the entire collection of webcasts in one post would help to bring some attention to this marvelous historical narrative. Several years ago, Arkestra member and official Sun Ra archivist, Michael D. Anderson, “The Good Doctor,” enhanced the ESP-Disc website with a 14-hour Sun Ra retrospective. In this unprecedented audio documentary, The Good Doctor presents a timeline of Sun Ra’s career featuring both classic releases and unheard nuggets from the Archive. The tribute is divided into 6 parts, each approximately 2 hours for a total of 14 hours of amazing information and music. Throughout the broadcasts, Michael D. Anderson relates biographical information about Ra and shares many anecdotes of his time with the Arkestra; I find these are particularly interesting and entertaining.”